Mental health and well-being: multidisciplinary practice with young people and adults (D24A)

Course overview

This innovative, multidisciplinary course is validated by the University of Essex and is for professionals working with adolescents, young people and adults. It will give you enhanced professional expertise and enable you to put the service user perspective at the centre of your practice.

This course has development throughout the lifespan at its core and is informed by both psychodynamic and systemic theory-based practice models. It introduces the fundamental aspects of young people and adult mental healthcare and practice and is specifically designed to enable those working in this field to improve the experience and outcomes for adolescents and adults. This course will develop your knowledge, skills and practice in working therapeutically with adolescents and adults facing emotional or mental health difficulties.

You will learn through theoretical seminars and lectures, undertaking an observation and also work discussion.

Theory lectures and seminars will focus on development theories and research from prenatal life through to adulthood, including issues that affect mental health and wellbeing in young people, adults and families.

You will undertake an infant, family or institutional observation and participate in observational seminars. These are delivered in small learning groups and draw upon psychodynamic and systemic theory. They are designed to both deepen your understanding, develop your observational skills and enhance your work capabilities. The work discussion group lead will be your personal tutor on the course.

You will also participate in professional practice group seminars. These small work discussion groups will draw on your practical work experience and develop your capabilities in thinking and practice. They are designed to facilitate the integration of relevant theoretical ideas and research to enable the development of advanced therapeutic practice skills in working with young people and adults.

As part of the course you will attend a weekly experiential group and will be required to attend a four-day multidisciplinary Group Relations Conference.

This course will enable you to develop a theoretical framework for understanding adolescent and adult development and family functioning. You will gain enhanced professional expertise, particularly in working with unconscious and systemic processes in families and organisations. You will enrich your capability to undertake informed assessments, skilful and effective interventions and know how and where to refer young people and adults for more specialised treatment from other services.

This course is for you if you are working in the field of adolescent or adult mental health, and wish to improve your knowledge, capabilities and your practice. You may be working as a practitioner in social work, nursing, education, psychology, primary mental health, counselling, community mental health, drug and alcohol services in statutory, voluntary or private sectors.

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • hold an appropriate professional qualification relevant to your chosen career (or equivalent) 
  • have at least two years’ practical experience in work with young people or adults since qualification
  • have an undergraduate degree, degree equivalent, or evidence of other relevant post-registration education/experience
  • be in a full-time or part-time post (paid or voluntary) in which you are working with young people and/or adults experiencing difficulties, be they behavioral, emotional or psychological (this may include managing, teaching or supervising staff) where you have a remit to make a difference in your work.


Mondays, 10am to 6pm (or half days after a two year duration)


The three main modules (Module A – Work discussion groups and lecture series, Module B – Observation Seminars and Module C - Child Development and current Research lecture series) are each assessed by way of an academic essay. Submission dates for these are normally spread out over the summer Term. Module A has an additional assessment component by way of a clinical assessment report submitted by your work discussion lead at the end of the year.

In order to successfully complete the course you will need to pass the three essays, receive a Pass in your clinical assessment report, attend the Group Relation Conference and have a minimum of 75% attendance on all parts of the course. 

Sally JonesSally Jones

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist / Clinical Psychologist

Dr Jones qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology fourteen years ago and subsequently undertook a further four year full-time training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Centre.

She currently works at the Tavistock Centre developing and providing clinical services in the Adult department, including work with complex medical cases. As part of her role she works clinically at the Royal Free Hospital in the Pain Management Service.  


One year version:

Two year version:
Year one: £2600
Year two: £1750


One year version:

Two year version:
Year one: £5200
Year two: £3500 

Please note that course fees are subject to a 2% or CPI uplift each year, whichever is greater.

We are happy offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.

Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Postgraduate Certificate
Course length:
1 year / 2 years
All day Mondays
Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, NW3 5BA
Admission status:
Course lead:
Sally Jones

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